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Disappointment as Westpac closes Ruatorea branch

Date of Release: 
Monday, July 13, 2015

After a spirited campaign to save Westpac Ruatorea, bank bosses have ignored the community and confirmed that the Ruatorea branch will close says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

“Westpac ignored the community. Over 3000 people signed the petition to save Westpac Ruatorea, over 100 locals turned out to discuss the proposal at a town hall meeting and many more have made their views heard through social media.”

Proposed bus rosters put passengers at risk – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The unions representing bus drivers have filed an urgent claim in the Employment Relations Authority as NZ Bus, a bus provider for Auckland Transport, refuses to meaningfully consult over proposed rosters which could lead to driver fatigue and increased risk for passengers says FIRST Union organiser Rudd Hughes.

“Auckland Transport is introducing new schedules on the 19th of July. NZ Bus claims that new rosters are needed to meet the new schedules, but the rosters NZ Bus are proposing will lead to driver fatigue and increased risks for passengers.”

Samoa First Union launches with 300 sign ups on its first day

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Samoan MPs, a New Zealand MP and Miss Samoa helped launch Samoa’s newest workers’ union, Samoa First Union, at the Samoa National Provident Fund Plaza yesterday. 

“We were humbled to be joined by Associate Minister of Finance the Hon. Tuisa Tasi Patea, Shadow Minister for the Environment Toeolesulusulu Cedric P S Schuster, New Zealand MP Sua William Sio, Rev Sinapati Lilomaiava, Miss Samoa Latafale Auva'a as well as representatives from the Samoan Workers’ Congress and International Labour Organisation,” says Samoa First Union coordinator Jerome Mika.  

New Zealand union goes global

Date of Release: 
Monday, June 22, 2015

FIRST Union, New Zealand’s second largest private sector union, is going international with the launch of Samoa’s only private sector union, Samoa First Union.

“Samoa First Union is building on the legacy of former private sector unions like the old National Union of Workers,” says Samoa First Union co-ordinator Jerome Mika, “but our union differs because we have the benefit of support from an established union in New Zealand.”

“This means Samoa First Union will be sustainable.”

Secret trade negotiation a backdoor to deregulation

Date of Release: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015

This morning’s leak of documents from the highly secretive Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations are a backdoor to widespread deregulation, according to FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“The documents demonstrate that the government is trying to lock New Zealanders out from deciding how services are regulated, including in FIRST Union’s coverage areas of finance and transport, as well as telecommunications, post and the professions.”

Bank workers' union and community unite to keep open Ruatōria’s last bank

Date of Release: 
Friday, May 29, 2015

If Westpac decides to close its Ruatōria branch, locals will have to drive 200 kilometres to reach the nearest bank says FIRST Union President Syd Keepa.

“We’re standing with the affected workers and the local community to keep their bank branch open.”

“Westpac is the last bank on the rural East Coast. If the bean counters in Auckland or Sydney decide to close the branch then locals are left without banking options,” says Keepa.  

Government must not abandon health and safety reform

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015

While resistance in the National Party caucus delays the passage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill, FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid says there should be no health and safety law exceptions for small businesses and farmers.

“Some MPs within the National Party appear to be pushing to retain the status quo, the same status quo that led to workplace disasters like the Pike River Mine explosion”.

Companies must ensure they are not chartering slave ships – migrant workers’ advocate

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Companies who outsource their New Zealand quota catch to foreign fishing vessels must take more steps to ensure they are not enabling slave fishers says Union Network of Migrant (UNEMIG) workers’ advocate Dennis Maga. 

Recent research from Auckland University has revealed that slave fishing is still happening in New Zealand waters, years after the issue was first exposed.”


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